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“A Hidden Gem”
Review of The Noodle Shop

The Noodle Shop
Ranked #209 of 408 Restaurants in San Mateo
Cuisines: Asian
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Chicago
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This place is a hole in the wall, but when you walk in and see every seat is taken, you know you are going to be blown away with great food! We were thoroughly impressed. We placed our orders and then watched in awe as other delicious looking entrees were delivered to the tables around us. We would come back again and again, but we live in Chicago. Next time we visit San Mateo, we are there!

  • Visited July 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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163 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Don't bother....”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Based on the reviews I was expecting a LOT more out of this place. First of all, it is in a little strip area in San Mateo - the area is very old and run down - the restaurant has 42 seats - my kid went to the bathroom and said it was filthy (I always find this to be an indication of the quality of the food - he never told me until we left) - the place has horrible decor. It is loud, tight, seats are uncomfortable. The waiter (I think he either owns the place or is part of the family) was rude and very hard to understand. Most importantly, the food was sub par - you'd do better at Panda Express - food really didn't have any flavor - for example - vegetable fried rice was white rice with chopped up broccoli. Service was much different for the people they knew, which were mostly all Asian. They don't seem to embrace visitors.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank TrvlnRoundUS
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Szechuan cooking”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

When I stayed for two years in the US two years ago, this noodle shop is where we always go to eat Spicy Szechuan food. Believe me, you should try this hole in the wall resto and make sure to order twice cooked pork, spicy noodles, Xiao long bao and Honey walnut prawns. The food is worth every penny.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Mia N
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San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Unique Hunan cuisine at this authentic gem”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

This place is a diamond in the rough specializing in dishes from Hunan, a province in South Central China which is known for its smoked meats and liberal use of chili peppers and garlic. It is a small establishment that does not offer much in terms of space or decor, but what it lacks in these areas is made up by the exquisite food it serves, which is affordable, unique and most importantly - delicious.

The xia long bao is perfectly made and each tiny morsel is plump with just the right amount of broth inside, unlike those that I tasted in other places which tend to be dry. Another dish that I like is fish fillet sauteed with cloud ears fungus in vinegar sauce. The slightly sweet and sour sauce makes a brilliant contrast with the firm fish and crunchy texture of the fungus. Then there was the Hunan hot and spicy pork shoulder which featured tenderly braised chunks of meat in a sweet and tangy sauce surrounded by Chinese greens. This is a generous dish best shared between 2 or more people.

This restaurant also specializes in Mao's family dishes, a style of cooking favored by the former leader. These tend to range from stir fry to hot pot. One of its most popular renditions is a dish made with pork, red oil and 8 spices known as "bao now yueh" which I will try in a future visit.

  • Visited April 2013
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jfarbstein
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent low-price Chinese food”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Read good reviews about this small Chinese restaurant that's located toward the eastern end of 25th Street for an early dinner. Was thrilled with quality and price of food. Orange chicken was quite tasty. The chicken-fried rice was a little lighter in color than I was used to, but it was delicious. Pot stickers a little thicker and pretty good as well. Tea and water was served immediately, and price was quite reasonable. Server quite attentive, too. I am excited to return to this restaurant with additional family members for another tasty and low-priced meal.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank jfarbstein
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